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The French “Investments for the Future” programme allocates considerable amounts of funding for the development of the bioeconomy in France. The total amount adds up to €1.5 billion over ten years:
- €1 billion for the “decarbonated energy” sector, featuring as main projects GreenStar for algae , PIVERT for biorefinery and oleochemistry and IFMAS for sustainable chemistry
- The remaining €0.5 billion were allocated to 40 R&D projects, industrial demonstrators and specialised equipment for biotechnologies, bioresources and bioprocessings.
In 2005, the French General Directorate for Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS) has launched the so-called Competitivenes Clusters, an initiative that brings together companies, research centres and educational institutions in order to develop collaborations in high value-added technological fields at the regional level. Within these competitive clusters, the French Government may support innovation and R&D efforts:
- Through financial support for the best R&D and innovation platform initiatives via calls for projects
- By partially financing cluster governance structures, alongside local authorities and companies
- Through financial support for theme-based collective actions initiated by clusters in a wide range of areas, via the various Regional Directorates for Industry, Research and the Environment (DRIRE)
- By carrying out and publishing studies
- By involving various partners, such as the Caisse des Dépôts, or the French National Research Agency (ANR) and OSEO both of which finance R&D projects led by cluster stakeholders
- By bringing new means from public research centres.
Following the positive assessment of the first phase of the cluster policy, the French Government has decided to allocate €1.5bn to the launch of a second phase (2009–2012).
Who is there?
- Tereos Syral
Associations & Clusters
Association Chimie du Végétal (ACDV) is the French biobased chemistry association
France Biotech is the French biotechnology association
I.A.R. Pôle is a competitiveness cluster which fosters collaborations between industry, public research, education and agricultural sectors and mostly represents SMEs
Cluster Chimie Verte is a sustainable chemistry cluster which includes biobased chemistry
Le Genopôle d’Evry – biopark dedicated to gene research, genetics and biotechnology. It contains 71 biotech companies, 21 laboratories, 21 open innovation platforms which focus on developing skills and competences in the industrial biotechnology field.
Toulouse White Biotech (TWB) – Pre-commercial demonstration facility created thanks to €20million funding from the National Research Agency, it gathers public and private players working on enzymes, microorganisms, microbial consortia etc for the production of novel chemical molecules, biopolymers, biomaterials and biofuels.
Other relevant associations and networks
Several institutes for the energy transition have industrial biotechnology related focuses:
- PIVERT works on green chemistry applications based on oleaginous feedstocks and aims to build a biorefinery in Venette near Compiègne
- IFMAS in Villeneuve d’Ascq focuses on biomaterials made from starch
- IDEEL aims to create the ‘plant of the future’ based on cleaner processes and the transformation of wastes and residues into bioenergy
Open innovation platforms:
- Bioraffinerie Recherche Innovation (B.R.I) is situated in Pomacle Bazancourt and focuses on the transformation of sugars and wheat. It specializes in the industrial scale-up of biotechnology processes and comprises a biorefinery, as well as a demonstration plant called BioDemo which belongs to ARD
- Improve is based in Amiens and focuses on new industrial applications for plant proteins
Initiative to watch
- Biorefinery and demonstration plant in Bazancourt Pomacle
- Toulouse White Biotech pre-commercial demonstration facility
- Genopôle d’Evry biopark
The main funding streams for industrial biotechnology projects come from the above-mentioned Investments for the future programme, the regional competitiveness clusters and the national research agency.
Documents and links
- Report of the BIO-TIC workshop in France – February 2014